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Variable Star

By Robert A. Heinlein,Spider Robinson

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| Mass Market Paperback | 9780765351685

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A never-before-published masterpiece from science fiction's greatest writer, rediscovered after more than half a century.

When Joel Johnston first met Jinny Hamilton, it seemed like a dream come true. And when she finally agreed to marry him, he fel Continue

A never-before-published masterpiece from science fiction's greatest writer, rediscovered after more than half a century.

When Joel Johnston first met Jinny Hamilton, it seemed like a dream come true. And when she finally agreed to marry him, he felt like the luckiest man in the universe.

There was just one small problem. He was broke. His only goal in life was to become a composer, and he knew it would take years before he was earning enough to support a family. But Jinny wasn't willing to wait. And when Joel asked her what they were going to do for money, she gave him a most unexpected answer. She told him that her name wasn't really Jinny Hamilton---it was Jinny Conrad, and she was the granddaughter of Richard Conrad, the wealthiest man in the solar system. And now that she was sure that Joel loved her for herself, not for her wealth, she revealed her family's plans for him---he would be groomed for a place in the vast Conrad empire and sire a dynasty to carry on the family business.

Most men would have jumped at the opportunity. But Joel Johnston wasn't most men. To Jinny's surprise, and even his own, he turned down her generous offer and then set off on the mother of all benders. And woke up on a colony ship heading out into space, torn between regret over his rash decision and his determination to forget Jinny and make a life for himself among the stars. He was on his way to succeeding when his plans--and the plans of billions of others--were shattered by a cosmic cataclysm so devastating it would take all of humanity's strength and ingenuity just to survive.

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    not a masterpice, but not so bad

    first of all, the book is very well written. it reads easily and you'll probably be sucked in from the first chapert. i think only at the end the magic starts to fade. and, i have to say, i did not like the end.

    the author is very funny (more than R ...(continue)

    first of all, the book is very well written. it reads easily and you'll probably be sucked in from the first chapert. i think only at the end the magic starts to fade. and, i have to say, i did not like the end.

    the author is very funny (more than RAH would have been). the characters are ok, even if i think that sometimes the main character is too old for his age (after all, he should be a late teenager), sometimes the character is exactly a teenager.

    i think that the story would fit (the way it was written) a RAH juvenile. and i'm not too crazy about these.

    SPOILER ALERT

    everything seems to flow until too many catastrophies strike, one after the other. for a while i thought that it could have been a simulation, and that the voyage was not really taking place and that the crew was being tested. i'd have liked a turn like this.
    but it was much worse.

    the ending is a little rush (in my opinion) and a little flat. all of a sudden, some characters turn out to be a little too stereotyped and this damages all the good that the story has built so far.

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Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Mass Market Paperback 339 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0765351684
  • ISBN-13: 9780765351685
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Publish date: 2007-11-27
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 645 mm x 1,096 mm
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